Grant Puts Melton On The Winning Track
Great Melton (15 points) beat Mundford (0 points) by 8 wickets at Mundford in the Norfolk Alliance Division 3
No doubt there will be tougher tests ahead for Melton, but after the modest returns of the 2016 season, there were promising signs all round in this less then competitive encounter at Mundford. With the home team a little depleted, Skipper Oliver Harris won a good toss and inserted Mundford who struggled from the outset with good lines bowled by both Waddell and Grant. The latter in particular moved the ball both ways, and caused endless problems for Mundford’s early order. He finished with 3 for 14 from his 8 overs, the pick of the deliveries being the one to remove Philips, Mundford’s burly all rounder, that pitched just outside leg stump and hit middle and off. Much to his credit, Philips departed by giving Grant (Meltons’s star performer) a ‘high five’ as reward for his endeavours!
The only real resistance mustered was by Crowcamp, who hit beautifully through the ball to notch up 3 sixes in quick succession before Rennie cleverly adjusted his line to have him caught on the boundary. The champagne moment quickly followed as Tim Hales ran out Hill from the boundary with a direct hit. The rest followed as Mundford’s resolution evaporated, leaving Melton 81 to win the game. Both Rennie and MacKenzie finished with 3 wickets each.
What followed was relatively uneventful, as the Melton top order progressed steadily to the required total. Wood top scored with 26, whilst Clarke finished with a typically energetic 24 not out. Two wickets for Philips of Mundford meant that Melton finished with 24 points. Even the sun shone on a bright and promising start to the season.
Geoff Pears b Tom Grant 6, Matthew Smith ct Lee Whiddett b Tom Grant 8, Kyle Croucamp† ct Matthew Clarke b Alex Rennie 5, Mark Phillips b Tom Grant 5, Stuart Croucamp* ct James Robb b Alex Rennie 28, Morgan Burt ct Oliver Harris b Alex Rennie 1, Mike Hill run out (Alex Rennie) 6, Richard Mail not out 1, Mick Annear b Nick Mackenzie 8, Chris Pont b Nick Mackenzie 1, Steve Savage ct Oliver Harris b Nick Mackenzie 1, Extras b (5), lb (1), w (1), nb (3) 10. Total 80 (Overs 29.5) (Richard Waddell 5-1-15-0; Tom Grant 9-4-14-3; Alex Rennie 8-1-36-3; Nick Mackenzie 5.5-1-9-3; Oliver Harris 2-2-0-0)
Richard Wood† lbw b Mark Phillips 26, Lee Whiddett b Mark Phillips 18, Matthew Clarke not out 24, Richard Waddell not out 8, Extras lb (2), w (5) 7. Total 83-2 (Overs 23.5) (Matthew Smith 6-1-18-0, Stuart Croucamp 3-0-14-0, Mark Phillips 9-2-31-2, Geoff Pears 5-2-12-0, Mick Anneal 0.5-0-6-0)